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Margherita Restaurant (St Annes on Sea)

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27, St Annes Road West / St Annes on Sea / FY8 1SB / Tel: 01253 781222 or 01253 789977 / Email: margherita2002@tiscali.co.uk.

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      10.08.2012 00:17
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      a good restaurant

      I first visited Matgheritas aout 6 orseven years ago and found it very nice but quite expensive, it doesn't seem so expensive now.

      It is an Italian restaurant in the centre of St Annes amongst the shops.
      Whenever we go out for a meal we go early - no later than 6pm as that way we can get home whilst the youngest is still in a goodish mood. If we went any later she would be too tired for us to enjoy it. So as this restaurant opens at 5.30pm ( I think) we never have a problem getting a table, later on might be different but having said that we always book.

      The restaurant is quite small and on the one floor so I can imagine it getting quite busy later on at a weekend.
      Whenever we have been, we have been seated immediatley and given menus. We have been left alone for about 10 minutes to choose our meals, when my mum and dad have been with us we have needed longer. The waiters have been patient whilst my mum asks questions about whether she can have things done a different way or without sauce etc. They always manage to do something for her (my mum is fussy).

      I can't give you the full menu as I haven't really paid attention to it but they do different kinds of pizza and pastas (obviously being Italian), they also do some kind of meats as my mum wouldn't order pizza or pasta so we always have to check beforehand. The last time we went there was a new rice dish on the menu for I think £4.95 which my dad chose, from what I remember it didn't sound great but was the cheapest on the menu which would be why my dad ordered it. He did say it was really nice though.

      I have only ever had pizza or pasta here and they have both been really nice.
      The children have been treated good which I like as some restaurants are not very good with children. The overall service was good and we have found it a pleasant experience.
      The only thing I will say that is bad is the irish coffees are not that good especially if you ask for it without sugar.

      A good restaurant

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        16.05.2012 01:25

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        Ate here tonight and it was delightful, service, food, atmosphere couldn't fault it and will certainly be visiting again soon!

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        14.09.2010 14:44

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        We had a booking Aug 2010.We arrived to a rude woman on the front desk but gave her the benefit of the doubt as it was very busy and waited in the very small and overcrowded bar as instructed.The bar man was busy making sweets so we waited, and waited and waited and waited. When we asked him if we could order a drink he was extremeley rude in his response.We walked out and went to Mr Chow Cantonese a couple of doors down, where we had a beautiful meal served by happy frieindly staff.Margherita Restaurant DON'T BOTHER UNTIL THEY LEARN SOME MANNERS!!You have to give a minimum of 1 star - it doesnt deserve any

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        07.07.2009 19:18

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        I phoned up to book this restaurant despite reading bad reviews it was close for everyone in our party. The woman asked straight away if we were an under 18s party i said no we were a retirement do. They would only reserve our table for 10 if we left a five pound per head deposit which was not possible. I said we couldn't do this and could we avoid that, we were a retirement do who would not mess them around. The woman was snotty and rude implying that she didn't need our buisness anyway. For this reason, i been put off by her rude manner and not even entered the place but booked elsewhere, if they're that bad mannered on the phone god knows what they're like on a busy evening in the place!

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        30.10.2008 00:22

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        never again

        i went with my family to margeritas there was 4 adults and 3 children had to wait to be seated in the bar area but the restaurant was empty.then the host showed us to our table he was so miserable we felt uncomftable.we ordered a starter which was ok abit cold though .the waiter kept pooring our wine everytime we had a drink of it which was annoying i never said anything .main course was poor and cold even though the restaurant was emptyish .there was no smiles just this unhappy host which we all thought was bad manners.as i paid the bill which was a £100 he never said thankyou i just noted it down in my head but as i walked away i felt bad so i went back and told him how bad mannered he was not to say thankyou . the host turn around and said dont come here again thanks for a good night of laughs margherita s








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        25.06.2008 20:49

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        We first ate here on holiday in May 2007 and plan to go back this Summer. Very good food (I love the garlicy prawns), friendly service and lovely atmosphere. Really good value because we went at happy hour.

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        08.08.2006 13:38
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        A yummy, scrummy, cheap local restaurant with a family feel

        It’s sod’s law, really. I lived in St Annes for 15 years, but it wasn’t until I moved away for university that they started throwing up nice new restaurants and bars here, there and everywhere in the town. Margherita’s is one of these. It’s a small, Sicilian restaurant in The Square and is sandwiched between a couple of shops. It’s quite an unusual location for an eatery – most of the other restaurants are on side streets on in the Wood Street area – and it’s not all that big inside (rents for that part of town being astronomical no doubt having an effect) but it is pretty nice.

        Before it was Margherita’s it was another Italian-themed place called Winston’s. Winston’s, as it happened, burned down twice during the time I lived in the town, but they still hung on for a few more years before going under and selling. Apart from the general structural features of the building, Margherita’s bears little resemblance to its predecessor. Inside it’s a sunny place with warm walls and neat wooden tables, a far cry from the garish green and faux-leather booths of Winston’s era. You can’t see the sea from here, but then you can’t see it from Mamma’s or Tiggis or any of the other places not on the prom – only Antonio’s at The Island offers this bonus, and comes with a price tag to match.

        Although it gets busy, you can usually get a table which is how we ended up there at 7.30pm one Saturday night, having planned on going to Tiggis but having got turned away. (For the record Margherita’s also accept bookings…while Tiggis don’t except for large groups). We were seated quickly as we have been every time I’ve gone, and were soon furnished with drinks, menus and a real Italian waiter. The menu is a nice mix of standard Italian dishes and a few Sicilian specialties, and they all have sensible names (unlike a silly place in Withington where they have a ‘Didbsury Pizza’ and an ‘M60 pizza’ and all sorts of things whose names bear no resemblance to their contents). Something else I like is that they have the full menu available on the website so you can, if you wish, decide what you want before you even get there, though be warned the menu is not entirely up to date and I noted a few dishes not on there, so there might as a consequence also be some listed that are no longer on offer. On a more practical note you can check our prices and specials and work out when to pop along.

        The prices are generally quite reasonable – we’ll get change from £25 for a meal for 2 with soft drinks and tip – and the specials are fab with all starters and main courses half price from 5.30pm - 6.30pm Sunday – Friday.

        But back to our meal. The starters arrived and were enjoyed. The garlic bread was freshly baked, piping hot and not at all greasy, with a very favourable garlic:butter ratio. This was taken away and only a small amount of time elapsed before the main courses arrived. Again, these were hot and tasty. We both had pasta dishes, mine with a small tweak to the menu description (alio, olio, easy on the peperoncino) and this was handled with no fuss. The portions were of a decent size but not too large, meaning we could aim for the 3 courses we’d planned on anyway without feeling too full. The plates were cleared and dessert menus presented, and my mouth began to water. Profiteroles and fudge cake and gelato, oh my! In the end I settled on a crepe with ice cream and warm chocolate sauce – unusual but appetizing. Until now the service had been good – not in-your-face annoying, but discrete yet prompt, and very friendly with a few ‘Ciao bella’s thrown in for effect.

        However by this point the restaurant was getting busy with several parties coming and going. We sat back and waited, and then waited some more, but after about 20 minutes with no sign of an order-taking waiter we gave up and went to pay at the desk. So, I didn’t get to try the delectable creation, but I saved myself £3.50 and a few hundred calories which, prior to a week at the beach, was probably not that much of a bad thing (and gives me a reason to go back again soon).

        I like Margherita’s because it’s not a chain, it has a very good family feel to it, the food is good and the prices mean that while it’s a nice treat it’s not a break-the-bank treat. I’ve been several times and this is the only occasion on which the service wasn’t excellent, so I would like to assume this case was the exception not the norm for them. Perhaps it was their subtle way of telling me to save my pennies, or to lose a few pounds, or perhaps they were just super busy. Either way, it’s not enough to put me off, and I will be back.

        Margherita Italian Restaurant
        27 St Annes Road West
        St Annes on Sea
        Lancashire
        FY8 1SB

        http://www.margheritarestaurant.co.uk

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